Favorite Moon can run a race in the Sydney Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

2021 Sydney Cup Tips

It’s the standout staying test of the Autumn Carnival and a world class field will assemble on Day 2 of The Championships for the Sydney Cup.

Won by some of our best-ever distance horses and some outstanding internationals, the Sydney Cup boasts an impressive $2 million purse, and a terrific betting race has materialised in 2021.

You can find my 2021 Sydney Cup tips below.

Suggested Bets

  • 2 Units straight out #10 Favorite Moon
  • Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
Sydney Cup - Winner
No. 10 Favorite Moon

For the second time in as many years, William Haggas will saddle the Sydney Cup favourite off the back of a win in the NE Manion Cup, and Favorite Moon looks extremely difficult to beat.

The classy stayer has found form around some of the world’s best horses in some quality races, and has recorded three wins and two minors form just nine career starts.

I expected him to race well without winning when he stepped out a fortnight ago, but given he toughed it out to win and harbours plenty of improvement, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

Sydney Cup - 2nd
No. 1 The Chosen One

He was quite disappointing in the Tancred Stakes a fortnight ago, but The Chosen One is still more than capable of a big performance on his day, and I’m going to give him another chance over two miles in the Sydney Cup.

The Savabeel entire returned to the track in typically smart form in spring, finishing third in the Caulfield Cup and fourth in the Melbourne Cup most notably.

His resuming effort for second in Group 1 company in New Zealand this time was promising, and his best form would put him into the finish of this race.

Sydney Cup - 3rd
No. 5 Chapada

Chapada has become quite a difficult horse to pick and to trust, but he is proven that he is an above-average stayer again this time, and the $26 available for him in Sydney Cup betting could prove over the odds.

The Bullet Train gelding has always been a competitive horse for the Mike Moroney stable, but went to a new level during the spring, winning the Neds Herbert Power Stakes most notably.

He returned an enormous effort to finish third in the Australian Cup earlier this preparation, but probably underperformed in both the Neds Mornington Cup and the Tancred Stakes most recently.

Looking for him to bounce back over two miles and with only 52kgs in tow.

Sydney Cup - 4th
No. 8 Spirit Ridge

Spirit Ridge has been a strong and consistent performer this preparation, and he looks capable of fighting out the finish of the Sydney Cup.

The Nathaniel gelding was excellent during the summer, winning both the Summer Cup and the January Cup most notably, and he has returned lovely efforts in both the Sky High Stakes and the Tancred since returning from a freshen-up.

He’s untested at the trip, but it doesn’t appear as though that will be a problem, and he is primed for another big effort on Saturday.